Is sulfate bad for your hair? Hair experts settle the debate

“Is sulfate bad for your hair?” is one of the most frequently asked questions in the realm of haircare. Receiving a bad rap in recent years, sulfates have come under fire for being a) synthetic and b) harsh on our hair and scalp. But is there any truth behind these claims and do sulfate-free shampoos really reign supreme?

It’s complicated, explains renowned London hairdresser Michael Van Clarke. “The sulfates story has been blown up by an army of keyboard warriors who haven’t looked deeply into the science. As an effective detergent, sulfates can be both good and bad—depending on your hair and skin type,” he continues.

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